Premier League finale set for Sunday afternoon...22/05/2015
The Premier League season will conclude on Sunday afternoon with all twenty clubs set for action at 3pm. Relegation looms large for the Hull City quartet of Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn as their side host Manchester United, with their survival dependent on victory and the failure of Newcastle United to defeat their visitors West Ham United. FA Cup finalists Aston Villa and their duo of Shay Given and Jack Grealish welcome relegated Burnley and Stephen Ward to Villa Park, while midweek survivors Sunderland and John O'Shea return to London to face Chelsea. The Everton trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Goodison Park while Shane Long and his Southampton colleagues visit Manchester City. The 'W' trio of Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson are expected to be in the Stoke City squad to host Liverpool.
Irish players involved in weekend play-off finals...22/05/2015
The three divisional play-off finals will take place over this UK Bank Holiday weekend at Wembley Stadium. First up at 5pm on Saturday afternoon is the League Two decider between Southend United, who include the Irish quartet of Cian Bolger, Barry Corr, Gary Deegan and Michael Timlin in their ranks, and Wycombe Wanderers. Sunday afternoon, again at 5pm, will see Preston North End, with back in contention U21 midfielder Alan Browne and supposedly targeted striker Joe Garner on board, take on Swindon Town in the League One final. The Championship final will complete the trilogy at 3pm on Monday afternoon with Middlesbrough and Wes Hoolihan's Norwich City targeting the Premier League.
SSE Airtricity League Friday night action...22/05/2015
There are five matches scheduled for Friday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with the Turner's Cross clash of Cork City and Shamrock Rovers catching the eye as indeed does the meeting of St Patrick's Athletic and defending champions Dundalk in Richmond Park. Bohemian welcome Bray Wanderers to Dalymount Park while the North West duo, Derry City and Sligo Rovers go head to head in the Brandywell. Drogheda United and Galway United complete the schedule in United Park with all matches set to kick-off at 7.45pm.
Sunderland secure survival at the Emirates tonight...20/05/2015
Captained by John O'Shea, Sunderland secured Premier League survival with a scoreless draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this Wednesday evening. The final relegation place now lies between Hull City, who play host to Manchester United and Newcastle United who entertain West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
EA Sports Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening...19/05/2015
The second pair of EA Sports Cup quarter-finals were completed on Tuesday evening with Cork City exiting the competition in a five three penalty shoot-out following a one all draw after extra-time with St Patrick's Athletic in Turner's Cross while Derry City went down to the only goal from Shamrock Rovers in the Brandywell.
EA Sports Cup quarter-finals on Monday evening...18/05/2015
Two of the EA Sports Cup quarter-finals took place on Monday evening with Galway United scoring an extra-time winner against Bohemian to secure victory for the second time in four days following the five three goal extravaganza League encounter won by the hosts on Friday night. The sole remaining non-league side, University College Cork went down to a thumping five nil defeat by Dundalk in the Mardyke.
Rooney to the rescue for Aberdeen this afternoon...16/05/2015
Aberdeen's leading goalscorer Adam Rooney, celebrated his first Irish senior call up by scoring the last minute equaliser for his club at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.
More Premier League action for Irish internationals...16/05/2015
The penultimate set of Premier League fixtures kicked off at 12.45pm this Saturday afternoon with Southampton dishing out a six one thrashing to visitors Aston Villa. Shane Long scored twice and set up two more for the hosts while Shay Given and Jack Grealish endured torrid afternoon's for the visitors. Stoke City had Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan in their starting eleven with Marc Wilson an unused substitute for their goalless draw at already relegated Burnley, for whom Stephen Ward was also an unused substitute. John O'Shea returned from injury for his Sunderland side who played out a scoreless draw with Leicester City in a real relegation dogfight. Teetering Hull City had Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn in their starting eleven for their two nil defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, while West Ham United had Joey O'Brien on their bench for the visit of Everton, for whom Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy started, with Aiden McGeady introduced from the bench with twelve minutes remaining, in their two one victory.
Second leg contest in Championship play-offs...16/05/2015
Wes Hoolihan and his Norwich City colleagues will face Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday the 25th May 2015. The 'Canaries' defeated East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town by three goals to one in this afternoon's second leg at Carrow Road for a four two aggregate success. Hoolihan opened the scoring with a penalty conversion after fifty minutes. There was obvious disappointment for the 'Tractor Boys' Irish contingent, but Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick are expected to retain their places in Martin O'Neill's reduced Ireland squad for the upcoming international contests.
SSE Airtricity League Saturday night action...16/05/2015
There were three matches played on Saturday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with second place Cork City consolidating their position with a one nil victory over Limerick in Jackman Park. Bray Wanderers, with new manager Trevor Crolly at the helm, shocked St Patrick's Athletic with the only goal in the Carlisle Grounds while fellow strugglers Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United met in the Showgrounds, with the hosts prevailing by two goals to nil.
Second leg contest in Championship play-offs...15/05/2015
The second leg in the first Championship semi-final play-off took place on Friday evening when Brentford, with new Irish international nominee Alan Judge in their side, went down to a three nil defeat at Middlesbrough, who go through to the Wembley final on a five one aggregate.
SSE Airtricity League Friday night action...15/05/2015
There were three matches played this Friday evening in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, with defending champions and current leaders Dundalk scoring a very late winner against visitors Derry City while Galway United defeated Bohemian in Eamonn Deacy Park by five goals to three in a fraught encounter. Shamrock Rovers emerged victorious over Longford Town by three goals to two in Tallaght Stadium.
League Two Irish set for Wembley play-off experience...14/05/2015
The League Two play-off Final will be contested at Wembley on Saturday the 23rd May between Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers and will feature several Irish players. There were five involved for Southend United in their three one extra-time victory over Stevenage Borough at Roots Hall this evening. Cian Bolger, Barry Corr and Michael Timlin started, while Gary Deegan and Stephen McLaughlin were introduced from the bench. The two extra-tme winning goals were scored by McLaughlin and Timlin.
Senior Women overcome Haiti in Florida friendly...14/05/2015
Our Ireland Senior Women scored the only goal, a twenty first minute penalty from Ruesha Littlejohn, to defeat Haiti in a friendly international played in Lauderhill, Florida on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Senior players, Emma Byrne and Niamh Fahey, who missed the match against the USA, were back in action, in a match dominated by Ireland.
End of the Dream for U17s at European Championship...13/05/2015
Our Republic of Ireland U17 side lost to the only goal from Group winners England in their final group encounter this afternoon in the European Championship Finals in Bulgaria. Holland and Italy drew one each in the other group contest which enabled the Italians to progress in second place. Once again Ireland played some excellent possession football but just lacked that cutting edge around the penalty area. Club members who were present when Youth Co-ordinator Niall Harrison presented at our club meeting two years ago, may well recall that he made mention of several of the players who have performed so admirably this week
Martin O'Neill announces provisional squad...12/05/2015
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill this afternoon named a thirty three man provisional squad for the upcoming June internationals in the Aviva Stadium, against England (friendly) and Scotland (ECQ) together with the behind closed doors training encounter with Northern Ireland. The squad includes two newcomers in Alan Judge and Adam Rooney and will be reduced before they assemble in Dublin on the 1st June.
Senior Women lose to USA in San Jose on Sunday...10/05/2015
Head Coach Sue Ronan saw her depleted Ireland Senior Women go down to a three nil defeat in a friendly international against the USA in San Jose, California today. Ireland were without five senior players, Emma Byrne, Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell and Sophie Perry for the match in the Avaya Stadium which was played in front of a sell-out 18,000 crowd.
Disappointment for U17s at European Championship...10/05/2015
Following their opening European Championship finals draw with Holland on Thursday, our Republic of Ireland U17 side suffered a disappointing two nil defeat against Italy in Stara Zagora this Sunday afternoon. The match, which was live on TG4 at home and Eurosport internationally, showcased several very talented Irish footballers but ultimately it is the result that counts and despite some excellent play, we were unable to score, while the Italians converted their only two chances of note. The other group contest between England and Holland ended in a one all draw, which means a two goal victory over England in their final group encounter would see Ireland progress to the knock out stage at their opponents expense.